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United Way Heartland Region raises the bar for 2014, looks to help more

Posted: Monday, Jul 8th, 2013

HURON — The United Way Heartland Region has announced it has set a fundraising goal of $275,000 for the upcoming 2014 campaign.

The campaign will officially kickoff with the Day of Caring event on Aug. 13 and pledge cards will be mailed to every household and business in Beadle and Kingsbury Counties on Sept. 2.

The UWHR set a goal of $250,000 for their 2013 campaign and met it.

“I’m more impressed each year with how our community responds to our growing needs and gives generously to the many programs and initiatives that the United Way supports,” said United Way campaign co-chair Chris Studer. “We’ve set an ambitious goal for 2014, and I’m confident that people in our community will continue to give from their hearts and help us make an even greater impact on the people who benefit from the programs the United Way supports.”

This year, the board of directors received a record number of applicants and is excited to help promote programs and projects that enhance United Way’s impact areas of education, income and health — the building blocks of a strong community.

The “GIVE-ADVOCATE-VOLUNTEER” philosophy of the United Way has moved the organization forward as a community uniter connecting community resources to community needs.

New partnerships were created in all three impact areas and many of the existing partnerships will continue and expand.

Funding for community projects such as the Dental Bus, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and expanded efforts in Kingsbury County have magnified the United Way’s impact this year.

“I’m so excited about the United Way’s efforts in Kingsbury County and other surrounding communities,” said United Way board member Chris Studer. “We’re expanding the United Way Heartland Region’s reach so we can have an even greater impact in the lives of people in our area. I’m grateful for the support of so many people in Kingsbury County who have been willing to put energy into growing the United Way’s reach in their area.”

The annual Day of Caring, the second Tuesday in August, is an opportunity for volunteers from across the community to once again come together to lend a helping hand on projects that benefit everyone.

Anyone that interested in volunteering their talents and time should visit the Website www.liveunitedhuron.com or the Huron Chamber & Visitor’s Bureau for more details on how to become a part of the community-wide project.

Because of the support of the Heartland Region donations UWHR has been able to help bring free dental care to children; advocate on behalf of the homeless and abused; aid seniors and youth in staying healthy and active; and so much more.

Donating to the UWHR is a powerful way for someone to positively impact the lives of many by addressing real needs that are specific to the community.

Money raised for the United Way Heartland Region stays right here in the area to ensure lasting changes.

Please call the United Way Heartland Region office at 352-3537 or visit their website at www.liveunitedhuron.com for a full listing of agencies and programs working to Live United.

The UWHR is once again asking the Huron community to rise to the challenge and become a part of the solution by donating to this year’s United Way campaign either through an the payroll deduction program or by private donation.

For the complete article see the 07-07-2013 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 07-07-2013 paper.

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